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The 10-Point Workout System: Exercising with the Gunny

How proper dieting and exercising saved The Gunny, and can save you, from having a fat attack!
The 10-Point Workout System: Exercising with the Gunny

The 10-Point Workout System: Exercising with the Gunny

There’s a way to look and feel a lot better, to cut down on medical expenses, and to live a lot longer. No matter which diet you (and perhaps your doctor) determine to be right for you, it is consistent physical exercise that will relight the furnace of your metabolism and help you take weight off, then keep it off. Exercising can take several different formats, depending on your age, condition and fitness goals—cardiovascular, muscles, stretching (perhaps all three). I love the treadmill, and try to walk on it, not run, for an hour every day. On the road, I hit the gyms in hotels. I still like going for a jog in my boots at times, rejecting the claims that it’s bad for you. That’s BS as far as I’m concerned. Long walks are a great way to exercise and are the preferred method for many, young and senior.

You might want to try what I call “Gunny’s Top Ten,” my favorite exercises adapted from my book Gunny’s Rules, published in November 2013 by Regnery Publishing. These are inspired by the book The Marine Corps Daily 16 Workouts: Marine Fitness for the Civilian Athlete. I’m no licensed doctor or physical therapist, but I guarantee that these 10 moves, done in different reps and different variations, will jumpstart your metabolism. This is simply a list, and not the correct order or pace to get the maximum effect of these exercises.

 

gunny side-straddle hops

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1. Warm up with some side-straddle hops (that’s jumping jacks to many). About 30 should do it.

 

Gunny leg lunges

The 10-Point Workout System: Exercising with the Gunny

2. Alternating leg lunges, with your rear knee nearly touching the floor. Ten for each leg.

 

gunny running flag

The 10-Point Workout System: Exercising with the Gunny

3. Arm swings, front and back. At least 10.

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